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What to Do About Your Apple Watch Activity Rings While You’re on Vacation


 In this article, he shares how his Apple Watch has provided the motivation to get him exercising every day, and how it might do the same for you. Whether you’ve been using Apple Watch since day one or are just getting started with it, closing the activity rings daily can become a fun and addictive goal. However, traveling can present some challenges, particularly when traversing through time zones. Follow along for some tips and tricks to make sure those rings get closed while you’re on the go.

The stand goal may be the most difficult activity ring to close on travel days. If you’re losing hours as you cross time zones, and depending on how long you’re on a flight or in a vehicle, sometimes it can feel impossible to hit the twelve hour goal.

Luckily, there’s a simple trick to make it easier to earn your stand credit.

How to fill your Apple Watch activity rings while traveling through time zones

  1. Before you lose hours during travel, turn on Airplane Mode
  2. From your watch face, swipe up from the bottom of the display
  3. Tap the airplane icon to turn on Airplane Mode

This will lock in your current timezone and you’ll have a much better shot at closing your rings. Keep in mind that turning on Airplane Mode on Apple Watch will automatically turn on the feature on your connected iPhone by default.

You can toggle it off quickly on iPhone and it will remain on for Watch. When traveling via plane, there isn’t much downside. When driving or traveling via train etc. you will trade off Watch connectivity for retaining a full 24 hour day, but it may be worth it .

Some other tricks I use to make sure I fill my rings are popping my Watch on if I wake up in the middle of the night to get a drink of water or go to the bathroom, getting a head start on the day, and also making sure to take a few walking/stretch breaks when in flight.

Apple Watch rings

The Apple Watch Activity app is known for its three rings: Exercise, movement, and standing. To close the exercise ring, you have to work out for 30 minutes. To close the movement ring, you have to move enough each day to burn a specified number of calories. The stand ring (which I’ll talk more about) requires you to stand at least once per hour for 12 hours.

When I got my first Apple Watch, I paid almost no attention to the rings, but the idea of closing them seemed almost impossible. Sure, I exercised, but rarely did I go a full half-hour. Free weights didn’t seem to close the rings nearly as easily as cardio. The Watch was (and still is) better suited for detecting cardio than strength training.

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